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Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

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Risk Factors

Esophageal Cancer: What It Is, How to Treat It

This cancer is relatively rare in the U.S., but four times more common in men than in women. Learn the risk factors.

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Symptoms

9 Sneaky Conditions That Mimic RA

Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis takes some detective work, especially because so many health problems cause similar symptoms. Our guide helps you spot the clues so you can get the treatment you need.

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Living With

9 Things You Need to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

Don't give up! It's worth the effort, and it might actually help our RA symptoms.

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Self Care

Hey, Parents of Kids With ADHD: Your Break Awaits!

'Me time' is actually possible, even when you're managing a full schedule of appointments, therapies, and the occasional meltdown. Here's how.

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Parenting

When One of Your Kids Has ADHD and Your Others Don’t

ADHD affects the whole family. Here’s how to talk about it with your kids and how to help everyone form closer, happier relationships.

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Diagnosis

Your Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Endometrial Cancer Staging

After a cancer diagnosis, one of the first things you want to know is how far the disease has progressed. This how your doctors figure it out.

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Doctor & Patient

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Ulcerative Colitis

You walk into the exam room and greet your GI. You know you had a million questions, but now your mind’s gone blank. Use this crib sheet to get the info you need.

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Lifestyle

Working Out with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Non-small cell lung cancer patients who exercise can improve their breathing, strength, and range of motion while reducing side effects, fatigue, and anxiety.

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Parenting

Does My Kid Have ADHD? 9 Signs to Look For

It's not always easy to tell the difference between typical kid energy and behaviors that point to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Knowing these symptoms can help.

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Living With

Metastatic Breast Cancer and Depression

It is normal for a cancer patient to feel sad. But depression is not normal — and it's treatable.